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Clowney tell-all reveals bad, worse aspects of recruiting

Jadeveon Clowney

Warning: reading Thayer Evans‘ exclusive Jadeveon Clowney tell-all may significantly raise your blood pressure.

And, no, not because it’s Thayer Evans.

The Clowney circus officially ended yesterday (we hope) when the nation’s No. 1 recruit chose to attend South Carolina over in-state rival Clemson and SEC West foe Alabama. The delayed decision, intended to coincide with Clowney’s birthday, was largely greeted with disgust as fans from all over the country implored the kid to get on with it already.

Evans’ exclusive interview with Clowney and his mother (which can and should be read HERE) shows that the week-long puppet show was merely the climax in a nauseating demonstration of butt kissing the likes of which I’ve never read before.

For one, Clowney reveals he was taken to campus parties at Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina, where as the 17-year-old put it, “Girls be all on you.” Even Florida State recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig called Clowney on signing day saying, “I don’t know if you’re going to come down here to see us or if you’re coming down for the girls, because we got ’em.”

As comedian Bill Engvall once joked, “The way to a man’s heart is not through his stomach. It’s a little further south.”

The compliments kept coming.

“Ja-DAVE-ian, come on, man, come to South Carolina. We need you. We need you bad,” said Steve Spurrier in a voicemail.

“You see that class we’re picking up?” said Dabo Swinney in another voicemail on signing day. “I hope you’re watching. We’re getting them all. No point in waiting. You might as well come. It’d be the happiest day of my life. I love you, Clowney. Come on.”

The love shown for Clowney and his freakish athletic ability isn’t a new recruiting tactic, nor is it exclusive to him. It does, however, lend itself to further manifesting the cockiness of spoiled athletes who have never heard the word “no” in their lifetime.

Such a false sense of entitlement became very evident when Clowney spewed out some cheap shots about Nick Saban after Saban came for an in-house visit in December.

“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” Clowney said about Saban’s visit. “They’d say, ‘He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5-5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.

“He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour.”

Clowney and his mother then enjoyed a weekend in Tuscaloosa at, among other places, Saban’s lakefront house a month later in January.

But, you can’t solely blame Clowney for his self-righteousness; he’s probably never been taught otherwise. On the contrary, he’s more than likely spent his entire life being assured of his greatness. Affirmation like that is only heightened during the recruiting process.

It conjures up images of greasy used car salesmen who will say anything to close the deal, when in reality it’s buyer beware.

“I want to make people wait,” Clowney said of his delayed announcement. “The longer I make them wait, I see who really wants me to come there.”

Clowney shouldn’t hold his breath. If he doesn’t develop as planned, those coaches won’t wait for him much longer.

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38 Responses to “Clowney tell-all reveals bad, worse aspects of recruiting”
  1. nicksabansanahole says: Feb 15, 2011 8:04 PM

    He will fit in perfectly at South Carolina. In 4 years he will be pumping gas with the rest of the South Carolina football team.

  2. southernpatriots says: Feb 15, 2011 8:17 PM

    We are so glad the circus is over and we hope the young man will gain some reality before his time with SC is over. If he continues to improve his ability, few teams will enjoy playing against him. We know alot of good people in SC. Dr. W. we will come see you this season and will hopefully see the entire team along with JC do well. He would be more a target in the SEC West. He will probably stay healthier in the SEC East. Best to JC and our best to all!

  3. teke184 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:17 PM

    Million dollar talent, ten cent brain.

    Spurrier and/or his upperclassmen players better explain a few things to this kid or he’s going to think he’s bigger than the team like Ryan Perriloux did at LSU.

  4. gatorprof says: Feb 15, 2011 8:29 PM


    You may be too young to remember when the Miami Herald chronicled the recruiting of Willie Williams. Stupid, spoiled athletes showing their arses is really nothing new.

    His public diss of Saban does show a complete lack of respect and understanding for college football….again no surprise Like him or hate him, Saban resurrected two dead college football teams and won BCS titles with them.

    He will never win a BCS or even a SEC title where he chose to go to school. If he had a brain, he would be in Bama given his choice of Tigers, Cocks, and Tide.

  5. mz1383 says: Feb 15, 2011 8:58 PM

    He visited Saban’s lakefront home? I know it’s a fairly minor offence but didn’t Bruce Pearl get in trouble for having recruits to his house? Unless the lakehouse is on campus I can see the NCAA visiting Alabama…but that’ll be a couple years after they’re done finishing the Auburn/Cam Newton fiasco…..

  6. gatiger says: Feb 15, 2011 9:09 PM

    Although I’m an Auburn Fan, for the life of me I can’t see how Saban’s height can have anything to do with anything. Whether you like him or not, he’s a proven coach, tall or not.

    And Clowney not signing with everyone else but making the College Football World wait on him to choose…is calling Saban self-absorbed (my words, too many syllables for him)…

    Clowney does have some football skills, awesome videos, maybe Steve can teach him some things about life along the way.

  7. noaxetogrind says: Feb 15, 2011 9:22 PM

    mz1383, it is perfectly legal for him to visit Saban’s house as long as it is within 30 miles of campus. Very common for coaches to entertain recruits and their families at their home. Not sure what you are referring to about Bruce Pearl unless he lives more than 30 miles from Tenn. Campus.

  8. mz1383 says: Feb 15, 2011 9:37 PM

    30 miles? Never heard they were allowed to go that far off campus on a visit but I certainly won’t argue it not being 110% sure of it….the Bruce Pearl deal was that he had bball recruits to his house for dinner and such on a recruiting visit & had to sit out the first 8 conference games of the season. Again, I said it was minor but heck, the NCAA seems to make a bigger deal about the little things than the big ones.

  9. superfbfan says: Feb 15, 2011 9:40 PM

    This kid has all the tools you need to play in the NFL. But he needs to get his head on straight. When he gets to S. Carolina he is going to face adversity and how he reacts to it is going to determine what kind of player he’ll be. Only the strong survive….

  10. grudenthediva says: Feb 15, 2011 11:15 PM

    Dabo needs him bad. He needs another season to prep for life at Sam’s Club.

  11. lasseter1113 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:07 AM

    You know I thought I liked this kid but after hearing what he had to say in this article he is pretty much classless. To comment on Saban’s height is just stupid and immature. He act’s like he’s already won the Heisman Trophy. I am actually glad that he didn’t come to Alabama now because Bama doesn’t need a self absorbed, disrespectful, ignorant little boy that thinks the world revolves around him playing on the team. No matter how good he is. Now I seriously hope Auburn kicks South Carolina’s ass all over the field this year and it takes a lot for me to ever root for Auburn.

  12. lasseter1113 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:25 AM

    And another thing, quit trying to find anything you can to get Alabama in trouble. I honestly believe you other SEC teams would love it if we got put on probation. Instead of wanting to take us out on the field you go boo-who-ing every little chance you get to the NCAA. No matter which team you pull for you need to take a long look in the mirror because karma is a bitch and your living in a glass house with a pocket full of stones. I don’t want ANY SEC team to get into trouble because I know for the next few years not one single team in the conference will completely own Alabama. Anyways do you honestly think Saban would have taken Clown-ass and his mom over to his lake house if it were against the NCAA rules? Everybody and their brother have been watching that kids every move for the past couple of years and Saban knows that don’t you think? Like it or not Saban is a great coach and Alabama is on top of the world of college football. Bring it on, just do it on the field!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!

  13. lemmam says: Feb 16, 2011 12:28 AM

    some points about this Clowney kid –

    he never learned proper grammar in school
    he’s a punk

  14. centexhorn says: Feb 16, 2011 5:27 AM

    Am I the only one that thinks he’s not going to be that amazing in college? He’ll be good, but not that good.

    And how much longer before we stop pretending that this kid is able to pass his classes in college and tell the NCAA to do something about it? No point in having college football if these kids really aren’t learning anything.

    To me education > football.

  15. jonkybon says: Feb 16, 2011 7:16 AM

    lemmam says:
    Feb 16, 2011 12:28 AM
    some points about this Clowney kid –

    he never learned proper grammar in school
    he’s a punk

    Thats why his D minus high school GPA and 500 SAT score translates into an honor student at SC.

    How do you get a Shamecock graduate off your door step?

    Pay for the pizza!

  16. WingT says: Feb 16, 2011 8:08 AM

    Clowney has some growing up to do but don’t they all.

    I was surprised to see him dis on the coaches that recruited him. But I bet Spurrier could have cared less. Clowney and Spurrier are alike in some ways – a good fit.

    It’s not bragging if you back it up. Lets see him play a full year in the SEC. Chances are his arrogance will be knocked down a notch or two.

  17. gamecockinfl says: Feb 16, 2011 8:40 AM

    He will get knocked down a peg or two when he becomes part of a very talented USC team. No doubt, the SEC tackles he will be playing against will be, by far, the toughest he has ever seen, BUT he will make them all look like 8th graders. He is that talented. All this hate here for an 18 year old kid whom ESPN and others have elevated to god status. There is where the problem lies. Stick a microphone in your face at that age and see what comes out. I think he has handled it all well.

  18. katanaguy says: Feb 16, 2011 8:55 AM

    …just a kid being a kid. All of this is once again media driven. He’ll make his mistakes & hopefully learn.

    College sports has drastically changed since I played them… is what it is.

  19. sprtman says: Feb 16, 2011 9:37 AM

    Man what a ghetto jerk. You can tell how he was raised. But the fan base turns against him.

  20. chiefcarnes says: Feb 16, 2011 10:06 AM

    As soon as Steve Spurrier gets in his face and explains who and where he is, reality will set in.
    No more “Big Dog”

  21. burntorangehorn says: Feb 16, 2011 10:34 AM

    The fact that Clowney doesn’t think much of Saban because the coach is 5’5″ highlights exactly what’s wrong with society. This kid, like most academically and intellectually questionable kids, thinks it’s more important to have the physical measurables than to be brilliant.

    I am no Nick Saban fan, but his accomplishments dwarf anything Clowney will probably ever achieve: managing and leading multiple teams to national championships. But lower-class kids who are athletic have their values systems upside-down, and don’t aspire to earn recognition with their minds.

  22. olddawg60 says: Feb 16, 2011 11:03 AM

    Thank God, he didn’t go to Georgia…Lord knows we’ve got ENOUGH problems…His Gamecock tutors had better be prepared to “git ‘er done”, and take his tests for him, or he’ll be flipping burgers before Bowl season..

  23. jag72 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:09 PM

    How many super talents flame out due to their attitude. He is still young and can change, but, he is heading down the path of being a royal pain and maybe even more trouble than he is worth.

  24. lasseter1113 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:12 PM

    Of course the South Carolina fans are going to back him up. Come on, if he said some crap like that and he was coming to Bama he would probably get benched. He is 18 which means he is old enough to vote and old enough to go to war so I think he’s old enough to be held accountable for his actions. Somebody on here said “stick a microphone in your face at that age and see what comes out?” Are you joking? There were tons of 18 year old kids on NSD that had “microphones” in their face and didn’t say anything STUPID like that. At the age of 18 I had way more respect for myself and my family and everyone else I represented. If I was put in that same situation I would have taken the time to thank Saban, Spurrier, Chizik, or whoever else spent countless hours wasted trying to recruit me not slamming them like an IDIOT!!! He handled it POORLY!!!

  25. paintan8 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:21 PM

    “Girls be all on you.”

    Hope he enjoys flunking that 8:00 AM remedial English class…….

  26. gamecockinfl says: Feb 16, 2011 3:21 PM

    Well at least the old saying “opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one” is alive and well on this blog.

  27. florida727 says: Feb 17, 2011 8:43 AM

    This kid’s a loser in life. He’s one torn ACL away from using the refrain “paper or plastic” a LOT.

    gamecockinfl, I’ve been a Spurrier fan since his days in Gainesville. Chill. This kid is a punk. His interviews confirm it. Everything said on this blog is true about ALL highly-recruited high school athletes these days. No one ever tells them “no”. All they hear is how great they are. Reality will set in soon enough. As you’re obviously aware, the SEC is where men play. This kid will learn some hard lessons, fast. Fortunately for you guys, you’ve got (in my opinion) the perfect coach to get him to learn about “team” instead of “self”. This wait-until-my-birthday-or-I’m-ready-to-announce-my-plans mentality shows he’s self-absorbed. Won’t go over well in a locker room where EVERYONE was their high school’s best player.

  28. pr3zths says: Feb 17, 2011 1:26 PM

    Hypothetical question. If USC was not under investigation and didn’t lose Pete Carrol, would Clowney be heard to California?

  29. florida727 says: Feb 17, 2011 1:46 PM

    pr3zths says:
    Feb 17, 2011 1:26 PM
    Hypothetical question. If USC was not under investigation and didn’t lose Pete Carrol, would Clowney be heard to California?
    No. His choices were down to Carolina, Clemson and Alabama… allegedly because he wanted to be close to home so his mom could watch him play throughout college. That, of course, is contingent on him remaining eligible. Supposedly his grades and SAT score barely qualify him to even get into a college/university.

  30. chachooga says: Feb 17, 2011 2:40 PM

    Sure maybe it is a bit annoying waiting for an 17 year old kid to choose his college….but you know what is more annoying????


    I hope more kids do this, I hope it ruins all the “rankings” and all this attention on H.S. athletics….because lots of people are making money off of kids who aren’t allowed to make any money off of their skill.


    Good luck to Spurrier he is building something pretty.

  31. Ben Kercheval says: Feb 17, 2011 3:56 PM

    Just for you, chachooga…

  32. chiefagc5675 says: Feb 17, 2011 4:02 PM

    The kjid will flunk out before he completes his freshman year unless his tutors take his tests for him. He’s dumb as a rock.

  33. florida727 says: Feb 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    chachooga says:
    Feb 17, 2011 2:40 PM
    ….because lots of people are making money off of kids who aren’t allowed to make any money off of their skill.
    Are you learning impaired? Not making money off their skill? What do you think it costs for a college education these days if you can’t run through a tackling dummy or stuff a ball through a hole 10′ off the ground? Is there still room in the NBA for a 6’3″ white guy that can’t jump? I might parlay that into a nice payday.

  34. ukeone says: Feb 19, 2011 10:33 AM

    This is as good an example as any (in the past several years) as to why the NCAA should step-up and stop these circus acts once-and-for-all. Clowney is the epitome of those type of “losers” who played the “I’m all that” game now & will be a likely dissapointment in the years to come. He and all the others are “NOT all that” & it’s time to reign-in the recruiting process and set some new standards to bring in some decency and sanity to the recruitment process. But then again, this is the SEC, home of circus antics anonymous, whose coaches annually feed into this rediculous and hilarious practice. Signing day should be “signing day” PERIOD….miss it, and you should have to wait till next year (and lose a year of eligibility on top of it). That’s a good way to stop this “CLOWNEY-ing” around.

  35. ukeone says: Feb 19, 2011 10:42 AM

    Smelley….Clowney…..I see a pattern growing in South Carolina!

  36. ukeone says: Feb 19, 2011 11:16 AM

    Clowney, here’s an example of what it means to play by the rules:

    Ndamukong Suh

    Patient, smart, strong, a listener, a doer, signed with Nebraska well before signing-day, knew what he wanted & went for it…results:

    2009 Associated Press College Player of the Year
    2009 Heisman Trophy Finalist
    2009 Unanimous First-Team All-American (1 of 12)
    2009 Rotary Lombardi Award Winner
    2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner
    2009 Chuck Bednarik Award Winner
    2009 Bill Willis Award Winner
    2009 Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award Finalist (one of five)
    2009 Lott Trophy Finalist (one of four)
    2009 National Defensive Player of the Year
    2009 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year
    2009 Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year
    2009 Guy Chamberlin Award Winner
    2009 Nebraska Team MVP
    Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Kansas, 2008, vs. Missouri, 2009)
    Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Missouri, 2009)
    FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Missouri, 2009)
    Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week (vs. Missouri, 2009; vs. Iowa State, 2009)
    2008 First-Team All-Big 12 (Associated Press, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News)
    2008 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)
    2008 and 2009 Nebraska Defensive MVP
    2008 Nebraska Co-Lifter of the Year
    2009 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
    2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll

    This does not incluse all the accomplishments that he has already earned in his first year with the Detroit Lions. He has donated millions of $$ back to the university in thanks for all his academic & athletic successes, and he comes back periodically to talk to current football players, encouraging them to be successful in the classroom, on the field & in society.

    Get with it, Clowney….learn from this great example!

  37. really2424 says: Mar 10, 2011 6:15 AM

    His public diss of Saban does show a complete lack of respect and understanding for college football….again no surprise Like him or hate him, Saban resurrected two dead college football teams and won BCS titles with them.

    Yeah we forgot taking LSU and Bama to a NC is hard i mean after all they don’t have any talent DUH its not like its Ucon

    Les Miles ring a bell?

    Name calling so Jr high….Talking about he is a punk… Bad grammar ….loser

    Yeah don’t forget if he goes to Bama everybody thinks its funny what he said and grades ain’t a problem….. Bama and Clemson people are even funny

  38. jag72 says: Mar 11, 2011 1:56 PM

    Whatever. . . . . who knows what happens from here. Maybe he goes on to be a superstar. Maybe not. I hope he grows up and gets it together. Many a classless person has done well at what they do. Maybe he will be that or maybe he will get some class and turn into a fine young man. Never thought he was coming to Bama – if he had he probably would have been unhappy and issues would have brewed. It is probably best for all that he stayed in SC to play. At least he has less competetion so he has the chance to standout. Best of luck to him and we will see him on the playing field.

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